The adoption of EHR (Electronic Health Records) is rapidly increasing in healthcare. Dental EHR systems are being developed with advanced functionalities to cover developments in technology and to comply with new regulations. Adoption of dental EHR, however, is still lower than in other areas of healthcare.
Here are some of the factors that will drive the adoption of dental EHR in the near future.
1. INCENTIVE ELIGIBILITY & COMPLIANCE
Government regulations motivate many dentists to adopt dental EHR in their practices. Medicaid and Medicare incentive programs based on EHR motivate medical practitioners to adopt, upgrade, implement, and demonstrate that they meaningfully use EHR systems. Government regulations also outline penalties for medical practitioners that do not show that they use EHR.
The main selling point for EHR platforms is that they allow for data exchange and sharing. Dental EHR will enable dentists to merge their systems with those of larger platforms and to share data across care teams seamlessly. The ability to electronically exchange information across platforms and systems is a major driver to dental EHR adoption.
3. TECHNICAL ASSISTANCE
Dentists argue that their focus should solely be on catering to patient needs and not actively learning how to use dental EHR. Dentists, just like other medical practitioners, have an aversion to EHR systems that are fussy or overly technical. Dental EHR platforms that offer usability and technical assistance will drive the adoption of EHR platforms.
4. MANAGEMENT OF POPULATION HEALTH
Patients are actively looking for quality dental care without expensive interventions. Dental EHR systems can reduce medical costs by reducing medical risks arising from patient care. Population health management systems focus on parts of the population that generate the largest share of medical costs. Focusing resources on preventive care can reduce treatment expenses, which is why dental EHR systems actively track high-risk populations. Dental EHR systems can also track changes in health risk and help designate resources towards reducing identified health risks.
Advanced dental EHR platforms are the future of dentistry as they can identify patient needs across different systems, and focus resources in the highest-risk areas, ultimately reducing costs associated with dental care.
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